Pakistan on Thursday deplored the 48 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, including a famous Muslim evangelist, two children and three foreigners, while officials sought to identify the cause of the disaster.
Motor problem was originally considered responsible, but many issues remain, waving new concerns about the safety record of losing money Pakistani International Airlines.
Sorrows of grief erupted online shortly after PK661 struck the side of a mountain near the town of Havelian in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province late Wednesday afternoon after taking off Mountain resort of Chitral. It crashed only 50 km from its destination, the Islamabad International Airport, the capital.
Much of the anxiety centered on Junaid Jamshed, the singer of Vital Signs, one of the first rock and pop bands in Pakistan in the 1990s, who abandoned his musical career in 2001 to become a traveling evangelist with The Conservative group Tableeghi Jamaat.
Many of the reactions on the social network Twitter have spoken of this apparent dichotomy between his two lives, first as a pop sensation of love and grief, and later as a severe and bearded admontering youth preacher for ‘ Away from Islam.
“Junaid Jamshed’s trip was so pessimistic in Pakistan. Conflict, passionate, devoted, ubersmart, and so, so talented. Tragic loss, “said Mosharraf Zaidi, a development specialist based in Islamabad and analyst, in a tweet.
Others have simply shared the many successes of his band, such as ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’, which has become an unofficial hymn, played in public gatherings since its release in 1987.
The ATR-42 aircraft involved in the accident had undergone a regular maintenance, including an “A-check” certification in October, the president of the airline Muhammad Azam Saigol said. “I want to make it clear that this was a perfectly healthy device,” said Saigol, avoiding technical or human error. The plane appeared to have suffered a failure in one of its two turboprops just before the accident, he said, but this should be confirmed by an investigation.
“I think there was no technical error or human error,” he told a press conference on Wednesday. “Obviously, there will be an appropriate investigation.”
FOREIGN BETWEEN THE DEAD
Others called for more attention for the 46 other victims. “Dear TV channels covering the crash of PK 661: You know that Junaid Jamshed is not the only one who was traveling on PK 661,” tweeted Anwar Maqsood, a Pakistani television and a theater figure. Two babies, three foreigners and five crews were among the passengers, the flight manifest showed.
The foreigners included two Austrians and one Chinese, said the airline. Foreign tourists visit Chitral more and more each year in addition to thousands of national visitors, while Pakistan is emerging from years of violence caused by a Taliban. insurgency.
A member of the traditional royal family of Chitral, his wife and his family were among the dead, besides an official of the Chitral administration, Osama Ahmad Warraich, whose wife and daughter also died, said Thursday the newspaper Dawn.
CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY
The aircraft, manufactured by the French company ATR in 2007, had accumulated 18,739 hours of flight since arriving at the PIA fleet that year. His captain, Saleh Janjua, had recorded more than 12,000 flying hours during his career, the airline said. Concerns are growing about air safety in Pakistan since the media in recent years have reported near misses after passing tracks, catching engines and landing gear deployment failures.
In the worst of such disasters, in 2010, the 152 people on board were killed when a passenger plane operated by the airline Air Blue crashed under heavy rain near Islamabad. Two years later, all 127 on board were killed when a plane operated by Bhoja Air crashed near Islamabad.